New Therapies Bring Hope to Rare Cancer Types
New therapies are emerging for the treatment of cholangiocarcinoma, a rare type of cancer that is not often discussed.
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 04, 2017
Nearly seven years after being diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, PATTY CORCORAN has become both an inspiration to, and advocate for, others diagnosed with the disease. - PHOTO BY KATE EDWARDS KEY
She was wrong.
A pre-operative sonogram led to a phone call she wasn’t expecting — it was her doctor, canceling the next day’s surgery. Something wasn’t right, and Corcoran was soon on her way to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There, a biopsy confirmed a diagnosis of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile ducts inside the liver. She had a tumor that measured nine centimeters by 10 centimeters.